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Strong quake hits Japan

Tokyo - Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.

Japan PM Abe to host women's conference

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday was due to host a three-day conference on women in the workforce, as the country grapples with boosting a low female participation rate.

Japan mob boss arrested for alleged murder

Tokyo - Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organised crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public, a police spokesman said.

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

Tokyo - More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.

Japan PM's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

Tokyo - Two newly-promoted Japanese politicians moved Monday to distance themselves from allegations of extremism after pictures emerged of them posing alongside the leader of a domestic neo-Nazi party.

Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

Colombo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.

Japan economy contracted 7.1 percent in Q2

Preliminary estimates of the economic situation in Japan have been revised further down, despite extraordinary attempts to stimulate the economy.

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Tokyo - Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

India and Japan will shape 21st century, says Modi

Tokyo - Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared Monday ties between India and Japan were moving to a "new level", during a summit signalling promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to China.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

India, Japan Prime Ministers meet in Kyoto

Kyoto - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kyoto, Japan on August 30 on a visit to the country, which is expected to see a big rise in the level of interaction between the two nations.

Japan defence ministry asks for record budget

Tokyo - Japan's defence ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China's expanding naval reach. The ministry wants 5.05 trillion yen ($48.

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

Tokyo - Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Tokyo - Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years.

Japan PM sends support message to war criminals service

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said Wednesday, in a move that could prompt anger from Asian neighbours.

Watch these cats run a 'Pizza Hut'

Detch, Dora, Tencho and Hime are cats. They were hired as the newest employees to work at a fictional Pizza Hut location in Japan.

Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50

Hiroshima - The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

Tokyo - The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

Japan death toll could double as landslide fears halt rescue

Tokyo - The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing.

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Tokyo - Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Hiroshima - Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.

Japanese politicians visit controversial war shrine

Tokyo - Dozens of Japanese politicians visited a controversial war shrine Friday in a move criticised by China and South Korea, which condemn it as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.

Typhoon Halong 'leaves up to 10 dead in Japan'

Tokyo - At least 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong hurtled across the Japanese archipelago at the weekend, reports said Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan: reports

Tokyo - As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports said Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

Typhoon Halong rips through western Japan

Tokyo - Typhoon Halong slammed into western Japan on Sunday, leaving dozens of people injured while the coastguard searched for a man who went missing apparently while surfing when the storm hit.

Japan issues highest alert over Typhoon Halong

Tokyo - Japan's weather agency on Saturday issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards the southwest of the country, warning of heavy rain and strong winds from a storm that has grounded more than 470 flights.

Flights grounded as Typhoon Halong heads for south Japan

Tokyo - A strong typhoon lashed large areas of southwest Japan on Saturday, grounding some 460 flights and stranding thousands of holidaymakers, officials and local media said.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Tokyo - Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city's pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands of people gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.
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